Volunteer with the Methow Conservancy!

The Methow Conservancy began as a volunteer organization and to this day supporters who donate their time and skills are essential to our conservation and education efforts!

Take a look at our upcoming volunteer activities, and stay tuned for a new calendar and registration feature!  To sign-up for anything listed, please use the “Volunteer Methow” link provided for each item.  If you have any trouble, or to simply be included in volunteer update emails (sent about once a month), contact Mary at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870.

May 30th: Serve Concessions for 30 minutes at our monthly program. Volunteer slots have been filled!

June 3rd: Help plant and cage trees at a river restoration site.  Dozens of people needed!  Take part in a community restoration day at the WDFW floodplain site on the Old Twisp Hwy off Hwy 20 between Winthrop and Twisp. Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm! Many hands will make quick work of planting native trees and shrubs to help restore this old side-channel and floodplain. While you'll there, you can also wander the new public trail system and learn about the habitat restoration work from Rob Crandall. There will also be opportunities to practice fly casting techniques with local experts from the North Cascades Fly Fishers Club, and to study aquatic insects and learn the art of fly tying from instructor Leaf Seaburg. This is an all-ages event. Many able-bodied adults are needed to help plant and cage trees.  See this Volunteer Methow link for more info and to sign up.

June 13th: Mulch new river restoration plantings on a Methow Conservancy Conservation Easement.  The Methow Conservancy protected a farm and riverfront property between Winthrop & Twisp, and has been doing some riparian restoration work in an area where cows are no longer allowed to graze. The young trees and shrubs that have been planted need to be mulched!  Six people are needed to help out from 8:30 to Noon, and enjoy this beautiful property!  See this Volunteer Methow link to sign up

June 27th: Seed Collection Mob!  For the past 2 years, we've held a "Seed Mob" in the fall to spread native seeds in burned areas. Now, we're holding an event to collect native wildflower seeds to be used in future reseeding events. Ten to 15 volunteers are needed. Rob Crandall will teach us the basics and lead us on a walkabout in the native shrub-steppe hills of Pearrygin Lake State Park as we collect specific seed species. We'll meet at 5pm and work for 2-3 hours. More details to come!  See this Volunteer Methow link to sign up.  

At Home Work. Prepare addresses for our “Good Neighbor Handbook” mailings. Volunteer slot has been filled!

The new valley-wide VolunteerMethow.org website is ready for your browsing, testing and feedback!  See our volunteer tasks as well as those of numerous other organizations around the Methow. All Methow Valley nonprofit and community organizations are invited to use this website to feature volunteer tasks and to promote involvement with their organizations. Each organization has a profile page where you can learn about who they are and what they do.  Find tasks using the calendar feature, or view tasks that match up with your favorite local causes and organizations, your unique skills, or what can be done at home on your own schedule.  Take a look and watch it grow in the coming months!

Ongoing, our primary volunteer opportunities fall into the following categories:

Weeds & Native Plants table at the Farmer's Market.

Education: Love to teach and interact with people?  Assist with our 4th grade “schoolyard science” during the school year; help with our noxious weed booth at the Farmers’ Market; co-lead free flower, bird or weed walks in the spring; public events and more!

Field Work: Want to be outside and get dirty?  Restoration and stewardship activities fill our spring-fall schedule – join us to improve habitat on conservation easements and public land!  Pull barbed wire and weeds, collect native seeds and plant trees; maintain the small public garden next to our office, and much more!  We’ll hold regular work parties April-Oct!

Odds & Ends: all the other office stuff that we always need help with: posting posters; prepare mailings; graphic design, create a new display about our work, filing and archiving; writing, editing and proofreading (we are about to revise and reprint our Good Neighbor Handbook!); we’ve got it all and much of it can be done at home!

ALSO, we welcome high school students for summer internships, community service work anytime or senior projects.

Click here to read about the Conservation Awards given to Methow Conservancy volunteers.

315 Riverside Avenue / PO Box 71    Winthrop, WA 98862     509.996.2870